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Map of Tennessee Counties Today
 
 
 
 
 
                 
                 
Family Search page about this County Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
Anderson 1801 Knox/Grainger 1881 1838 1891 1802 1827 1801
Bedford 1807 Rutherford/Indian lands 1908 1861 1908 1808 1861 1830
Benton 1835 Humphreys/Henry 1881 1838 1881 1820 1836 1836
Bledsoe 1807 Roane/Indian lands 1908 1908 1908 1808 1884 1836
Blount 1795 Knox 1881 1795 1881 1794 1795 1795
Bradley 1835 Cherokee land 1908 1864 1908 1839 1838 1838
Campbell 1806 Anderson/Claiborne 1914 1838 1914 1806 1806 1813
Cannon 1836 Rutherford/Smith/Warren/Coffee 1881 1838 1881 1836 1836 1836
Carroll 1821 Chickasaw lands 1908 1838 1908 1820 1822 1821
Carter 1796 Washington 1881 1790 1881 1795 1794 1804
Cheatham 1856 Davidson/Dickson/Montgomery/Robertson 1881 1856 1881 1856 1856 1856
Chester 1879 Hardman/Madison/Henderson/McNairy 1908 1891 1908 1891 1891 1882
Claiborne 1801 Grainger/Hawkins 1908 1838 1908 1801 1801 1801
Clay 1870 Jackson/Overton 1908 1871 1908 1871 1871 1871
Cocke 1797 Jefferson 1908 1877 1908 1856 1876 1877
Coffee 1836 Franklin/Warren/Bedford 1881 1853 1881 1836 1833 1836
Crockett 1871 Madison/Dyer/Gibson/Haywood 1909 1872 1909 1870 1872 1871
Cumberland 1856 Bledsoe/Morgan/White/Rhea/Fentress/Putnam/Roane 1914 1905 1914 1854 1904 1897
Davidson 1783 Indian lands 1881 1789 1881 1784 1784 1783
Decatur 1845 Perry 1881 1869 1908 1846 1869 1860
DeKalb 1837 Warren/White/Jackson/Smith 1914 1848 1914 1838 1838 1837
Dickson 1803 Montgomery/Robertson 1859 1817 1908 1804 1800 1804
Dyer 1823 Chickasaw lands 1908 1860 1881 1820 1853 1848
Fayette 1824 Shelby/Hardeman 1914 1838 1914 1821 1836 1824
Fentress 1823 Morgan/Overton/White 1914 1905 1914 1820 1905 1842
Franklin 1807 Bedford/Warren 1881 1838 1881 1807 1808 1832
Gibson 1823 Chickasaw lands 1881 1824 1909 1819 1824 1824
Giles 1809 Maury 1908 1865 1908 1790 1810 1810
Grainger 1796 Hawkins/Knox 1908 1796 1908 1796 1796 1796
Greene 1783 Washington, N.C. 1881 1780 1881 1785 1802 1783
Grundy 1844 Franklin/Warren/Coffee/Marion 1908 1850 1908 1852 1838 1844
Hamblen 1870 Grainger/Greene/Jefferson/Hawkins 1909 1863 1909 1870 1870 1870
Hamilton 1819 Cherokee lands 1881 1857 1881 1796 1862 1860
Hancock 1844 Claiborne/Hawkins 1914 1930 1914 1879 1929 1879
Hardeman 1823 Chickasaw lands 1881 1823 1881 1820 1823 1823
Hardin 1819 Chickasaw lands 1881 1863 1881 1820 1825 1820
Hawkins 1785 (as Spencer; renamed, 1786) Sullivan 1914 1820 1914 1787 1786 1810
Haywood 1823 Chickasaw lands 1881 1859 1908 1793 1826 1808
Henderson 1821 Chickasaw lands 1908 1893 1908 1856 1861 1850
Henry 1821 Chickasaw lands 1881 1835 1881 1820 1822 1824
Hickman 1807 Dickson 1914 1868 1914 1808 1846 1844
Houston 1871 Dickson/Stewart/Humphreys/Montgomery 1881 1871 1881 1871 1869 1871
Humphreys 1809 Stewart 1908 1864 1908 1810 1837 1842
Jackson 1801 Smith/Indian lands 1881 1870 1881 1817 1839 1839
James 1871 (abolished; became part of Hamilton, 1919) Hamilton/Bradley            
County seat was Ooltewah. Records in Chattanooga, Hamilton County.
Jefferson 1792 Greene/Hawkins 1908 1792 1908 1792 1792 1792
Johnson 1836 Carter 1908 1838 1908 1836 1800 1836
Knox 1792 Greene/Hawkins 1881 1792 1881 1791 1792 1792
Lake 1870 Obion 1914 1883 1914 1870 1871 1870
Lauderdale 1835 Dyer/Tipton/Haywood 1881 1838 1881 1822 1836 1836
Lawrence 1817 Hickman/Indian lands/Maury 1908 1818 1908 1819 1829 1818
Lewis 1843 Hickman/Maury/Wayne/Lawrence 1908 1847 1908 1827 1846 1844
Lincoln 1809 Bedford 1881 1834 1881 1810 1809 1810
Loudon 1870 Blount/Monroe/Roane/McMinn 1908 1870 1908 1870 1870 1870
Macon 1842 Smith/Sumner 1908 1901 1925 1901 1901 1843
Madison 1821 Chickasaw lands 1925 1838 1925 1821 1822 1821
Marion 1817 Cherokee lands 1908 1881 1908 1819 1875 1842
Marshall 1836 Bedford/Lincoln/Maury 1914 1836 1914 1836 1865 1836
Maury 1807 Williamson/Indian lands 1908 1807 1908 1808 1806 1807
McMinn 1819 Cherokee lands 1908 1838 1908 1820 1819 1819
McNairy 1823 Hardin 1881 1861 1925 1823 1857 1855
Meigs 1836 Rhea/Cherokee lands 1909 1838 1909 1835 1836 1836
Monroe 1819 Cherokee lands 1881 1838 1881 1820 1825 1820
Montgomery 1796 Tennessee 1908 1838 1881 1786 1795 1805
Moore 1871 Bedford/Franklin/Coffee/Lincoln 1881 1872 1908 1872 1871 1872
Morgan 1817 Roane/Anderson 1908 1862 1908 1818 1866 1824
Obion 1823 Chickasaw lands 1881 1824 1881 1820 1833 1824
Overton 1806 Jackson/Indian lands 1914 1867 1914 1792 1870 1815
Perry 1819/1821 Hickman/Humphreys 1908 1865 1881 1820 1863 1826
Pickett 1879 Fentress/Overton 1934 1934 1934 1934 1934 1934
Polk 1839 Bradley/McMinn 1908 1894 1908 1894 1873 1840
Putnam 1854 White/Jackson/Overton/Smith/DeKalb 1908 1878 1879 1825 1874 1842
Rhea 1807 Roane 1908 1908 1908 1808 1825 1815
Roane 1801 Knox/Indian lands 1881 1801 1881 1801 1802 1801
Robertson 1796 Tennessee/Sumner 1908 1829 1908 1796 1796 1796
Rutherford 1803 Davidson/Williamson/Wilson 1881 1804 1881 1804 1804 1804
Scott 1849 Fentress/Morgan/Anderson/Campbell
 
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1854 1901 1850 1892 1850
Courthouse fire 1946.
Sequatchie 1857 Hamilton/Marion/Warren 1881 1858 1881 1858 1858 1858
Sevier 1794 Jefferson 1914 1856 1881 1849 1824 1850
Shelby 1819 Indian lands, Hardin 1881 1819 1848 1821 1824 1820
Some Shelby County Probate Court records are available at the Shelby County Public Archives–see Archives, Libraries, and Societies. This includes probate minute books, 1867—1900 and loose papers and wills, 1820—1900 for Shelby County. The Probate Court Clerk’s Office has wills, 1900-present; minute books, 1900-present; and loose papers, 1900-present.
Smith 1799 Sumner/Indian lands 1881 1838 1881 1801 1805 1799
Spencer 1785 (renamed Hawkins, 1786) Sullivan            
Stewart 1803 Montgomery 1881 1838 1881 1789 1812 1804
Sullivan 1779 Washington Dist., Va. 1881 1861 1881 1775 1830 1861
Sumner 1786 Davidson 1881 1787 1881 1787 1789 1787
Tennessee 1788 (abolished; divided into Montgomery and Robertson) Davidson            
County seat was Clarkesville. Records in Robertson County.
Tipton 1823 Chickasaw lands 1881 1840 1881 1820 1824 1823
Trousdale 1870 Macon/Smith/Wilson/Sumner 1908 1905 1909 1905 1905 1903
Unicoi 1875 Carter/Washington 1908 1876 1908 1876 1876 1875
Union 1850 Anderson/Campbell/Knox/Claiborne/Grainger 1881 1864 1881 1856 1856 1854
Van Buren 1840 Warren/White/Bledsoe 1908 1840 1908 1840 1840 1840
Warren 1807 White/Jackson/Smith 1881 1852 1881 1808 1827 1842
Washington 1777 Act of North Carolina Washington Dist. 1908 1787 1908 1778 1778 1778
Wayne 1817 Hickman/Humphreys 1881 1857 1881 1820 1820 1837
An earlier, but separate, “Wayne County” is included in today’s Carter County and part of Johnson County. It was established in 1785 under the state of Franklin but was abolished in 1788.
Weakley 1823 Chickasaw lands 1908 1843 1908 1826 1826 1794
White 1806 Jackson/Smith 1881 1838 1881 1801 1810 18106
Williamson 1799 Davidson 1881 1800 1881 1799 1800 1800
Wilson 1799 Sumner 1881 1802 1908 1789 1802* 1802
*Wills, 1802.